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MP visits recycling centre ahead of Rushcliffe kerbside glass recycling scheme

Ruth Edwards MP has visited Mansfield Recycling Centre — as plans are being drawn up for the introduction of kerbside glass collections in Rushcliffe


The facility processes 50,000 tonnes of waste every year across its plants, and uses advanced technology to separate paper and card, cans, aluminium, glass, plastic and wood.

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Meeting the team, the MP discussed new reforms coming into force from 2026, which will make recycling simpler for households. 

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Under the Environment Act, local councils will be required by law to collect and recycle a standard set of materials, including glass, from kerbsides outside our homes.


Speaking after the visit, Ruth said:

“I was very impressed to see the Mansfield Recycling Centre at work, which processes tens of thousands of tonnes of waste every single year. 


“The process of recycling is about to become simpler for people locally as the council will have to collect a standard set of materials from outside our homes.

“This includes glass as well as metals, plastics, paper, card, food and garden waste. This will end the confusion over what can and cannot be recycled, and it will cut landfill waste. 


“Rushcliffe Borough Council has a fantastic record on recycling and one of the highest recycling rates in our region. I know they are working to implement simpler recycling in partnership with Nottingham County Council, and I’m on the case to make sure it is introduced in our neighbourhoods as soon as is practical. 


“Many people have raised the lack of kerbside glass collection with me, and I am pleased it will now be brought into law and delivered.”


The reforms to make recycling simpler, and introduce kerbside glass collections, will begin in 2026. 


Until then, residents can continue to recycle glass at sites across Rushcliffe, and details of locations can be found at: 


The reforms build on a package of measures to increase recycling, reduce plastic waste, and clean up our environment. There are restrictions on the supply of single-use plastic straws, drink-stirrers and cotton buds; while the plastic carrier bag charge has cut use by over 97% in the main supermarkets. Work is also progressing at pace with the implementation of a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers. 

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